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I'm an inveterate observer of human nature, and my primary writing goal is to create stories about all kinds of people, some of whom happen to be gay or transgender—people whose destinies are not determined solely by their sexual orientation or identity. My secondary writing goal is to introduce readers to concepts or information they might not know very much about. On my website, robinreardon.com, see individual book pages for “Digging Deeper” sections that link to background information and research done for the novel.

My motto is this: The only thing wrong with being gay is how some people treat you when they find out.

Interests outside of writing include singing, nature photography, and the study of comparative religions. I write in a bu
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Robin Reardon Great question. The answer is rather complex, but I’ll do my best to explain. Once I began to take writing seriously, which meant I devoted time and…moreGreat question. The answer is rather complex, but I’ll do my best to explain. Once I began to take writing seriously, which meant I devoted time and effort to refining my craft, I realized very quickly that my best fiction-writing voice is that of a teenager. Whenever I tried to write in a more adult style in my exercises, it came off as either pedantic (yuck!) or a little too melodramatic. But then it occurred to me: who are the most melodramatic people we know? Teens, of course. Everything is always the most important thing in the world, or it’s “whatever.” And I love that teens between 15 and 17, depending on the person, tend to bounce between “I have everything figured out, and adults know nothing” and “I’m stupid and unimportant, I don’t know anything about anything, and nothing in my life is working.” That dovetails nicely with melodrama.

The next part of the question is why gay teens. As an author, I think the most enthralling stories to write are those where there is emotional conflict, and the cognitive disconnect between what science and human compassion tell us about sexual orientation/identity and the stubborn refusal of those who say, “My mind’s made up; don’t trouble me with facts” is fertile ground for stories. I’ve had many gay friends throughout my life, men and women, and some of the ways in which they’ve been treated by people who won’t open their minds have horrified me enough for me to have done some research into the subject. Add into that mix the fact that while the percentage of people who are gay is probably not higher than 10%, about 33% of teen suicides are teens who are gay or who were bullied because they were believed to be gay.

I write about gay boys for two reasons: 1. I was a real tomboy as a kid, and I had three brothers. 2. I’m not gay myself, so as a woman, I know what it feels like to want a man. A lesbian friend once asked me if I would ever write about lesbian teens, and all I could say was that I’ll need to be a better writer first so I can put myself in that mindset.

Sorry this is so lengthy, but I hope it gives you a little insight into my work. Thanks so much for asking. Keep reading!
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Robin Reardon There's no doubt this question came from another author! From one of my favorite authors, in fact. And it's a fascinating question.

When I finished my…more
There's no doubt this question came from another author! From one of my favorite authors, in fact. And it's a fascinating question.

When I finished my first book, A SECRET EDGE, I thought I had written a book for the YA market. After all, before starting to write, I had decided that my fictional characters would be just like real teens. But my agent and my publisher both said, "No; this will go out to the adult market." At the time, I wondered about your point that perhaps there was just a little too much sex in the story for school libraries.

As it turned out, though, rather than being too much for the school librarian, the real-life quality appealed to older readers, and teenage readers found it on their own. So it was a canny decision that captured both markets for that and future books. And, yeah, it is kind of freeing.

In my heart, I write for teens and for the teenager in everyone. And, in fact, I'm almost ready to announce the release date for my next book, THROWING STONES. You heard it here first!(less)
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Robin, I've added Thinking Straight and your other book to my to-read list.


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